Wednesday Open Thread | Judge orders Trump administration to reunite migrant families

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that U.S. immigration agents could no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must work to reunite those families that had been split up in custody.

United States District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted the American Civil Liberties Union a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed over the family separations.

More than 2,300 migrant children were separated from their parents after the Trump administration began a “zero tolerance” policy in early May, seeking to prosecute all adults who crossed the border illegally, including those traveling with children.

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border MISSION, TX – JUNE 12: U.S. Border Patrol agents take into custody a father and son from Honduras near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 near Mission, Texas. The asylum seekers were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. U.S. border authorities are executing the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political-asylum status.

The ACLU had sued on behalf of a mother and her then 6-year-old daughter, who were separated after arriving last November in the United States to seek asylum and escape religious persecution in Democratic Republic of Congo.

While they were reunited in March, the ACLU is pursuing class-action claims on behalf of other immigrants.

Trump issued an executive order to end the family separations on June 20, but the government has yet to reunite about 2,000 children with their parents.

Before the preliminary injunction ruling, the U.S. government urged Sabraw not to require that it stop separating and quickly reunite migrant families after they illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, saying President Donald Trump’s executive order last week “largely” addressed those goals.

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61 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Judge orders Trump administration to reunite migrant families

  1. Liza says:

    Y’all, this lady is going to win the Democratic nomination for Flake’s seat in the Senate. Polls are showing that Martha McSally has pulled ahead of Kelli Ward to win the Republican nomination. This seat is a must have to flip the Senate. We need to support Kyrsten all we can. I’ll tell you more about her later. Just want to get this out there.

  2. Liza says:

    This is true. It’s got to be the House and the Senate. Failure is not an option.

  3. Liza says:

    Blood pressure spike… How I hate this little asshole, DT JR. No words can describe.

  4. Liza says:

    This just reeks of entitlement and arrogance. Why does he think we have elections?

  5. Kennedy fucked us over. He hates black and brown people. He gave that mofo racist sob a gift. He handed it to him on a silver platter. Got dammit!

  6. rikyrah says:


    Adam Jentleson 🎈 (@AJentleson) Tweeted:
    The first thing all Dems need to do is get a firm mental grip on the new rules.

    McConnell annihilated every norm of the nomination process to deny Garland a hearing or vote and steal the Court for a generation.

    If you play by the old rules, you’re playing a fool’s game.

  7. Anthony Kennedy GOT DAMMIT!

  8. rikyrah says:

    From a poster on another blog about Kennedy:

    I feel like I was vindicated on Kennedy though. He was terrible on voting rights so I always loathed him. Voting rights is a good solid measure of a person on a whole range of issues- authoritarian tendencies, racism, dislike of poor people, basic fairness, awareness of history, familiarity with basic state systems and penchant for practicality…it’s a “tell” You could tell he was an asshole.

  9. Liza says:

    Say goodbye to checks and balances among the three branches of government.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Goldberg: We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners

    Last year, the white nationalist Richard Spencer was kicked out of his Virginia gym after another member confronted him and called him a Nazi. This incident did not generate a national round of hand-wringing about the death of tolerance, perhaps because most people tacitly agree that it’s O.K. to shun professional racists.

    It’s a little more complicated when the professional racist is the president of the United States. The norms of our political life require a degree of bipartisan forbearance. But treating members of Donald Trump’s administration as ordinary public officials rather than pariahs does more to normalize bigotry than exercising alongside a white separatist.

    Over the last week, several Trump administration officials and supporters have been publicly shamed. On Friday night, the Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a farm-to-table restaurant in Lexington, Va. That morning, protesters blasted a recording of sobbing migrant kids outside the home of Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s secretary of homeland security.


    Naturally, all this has led to lots of pained disapproval from self-appointed guardians of civility. A Washington Post editorial urged the protesters to think about the precedent they are setting. “How hard is it to imagine, for example, people who strongly believe that abortion is murder deciding that judges or other officials who protect abortion rights should not be able to live peaceably with their families?” it asked.

    Of course, this is not hard to imagine at all, since abortion opponents have assassinated abortion providers in their homes and churches, firebombed their clinics and protested at their children’s schools. The Roman Catholic Church has shamed politicians who support abortion rights by denying them communion. The failure to acknowledge this history is a sign of the reflexive false balance that makes it hard for the mainstream media to grapple with the asymmetric extremism of the Republican Party.


    Whether or not you think public shaming should be happening, it’s important to understand why it’s happening. It’s less a result of a breakdown in civility than a breakdown of democracy. Though it’s tiresome to repeat it, Donald Trump eked out his minority victory with help from a hostile foreign power. He has ruled exclusively for his vengeful supporters, who love the way he terrifies, outrages and humiliates their fellow citizens. Trump installed the right-wing Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court seat that Republicans stole from Barack Obama. Gorsuch, in turn, has been the fifth vote in decisions on voter roll purges and, on Monday, racial gerrymandering that will further entrench minority rule.

    All over the country, Republican members of Congress have consistently refused to so much as meet with many of the scared, furious citizens they ostensibly represent. A great many of these citizens are working tirelessly to take at least one house of Congress in the midterms — which will require substantially more than 50 percent of total votes, given structural Republican advantages — so that the country’s anti-Trump majority will have some voice in the federal government.

    But unless and until that happens, millions and millions of Americans watch helplessly as the president cages children, dehumanizes immigrants, spurns other democracies, guts health care protections, uses his office to enrich himself and turns public life into a deranged phantasmagoria with his incontinent flood of lies. The civility police might point out that many conservatives hated Obama just as much, but that only demonstrates the limits of content-neutral analysis. The right’s revulsion against a black president targeted by birther conspiracy theories is not the same as the left’s revulsion against a racist president who spread birther conspiracy theories.

  11. rikyrah says:

    But, there’s no difference, I was told.
    Of course, President Hillary Clinton, too, would have nominated the KKKeebler Elf to be Attorney General of the United States.


    Being CIVIL to these muthaphuckas?



    Jeff Sessions Jokes About Family Separations Amid Controversy Over U.S. Border Policy
    “We hear views on television today that are on the lunatic fringe, frankly.”
    By Nick Visser

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions joked about family separations during a speaking event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, just days after the Trump administration retreated from its policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border.

    Sessions, speaking at an event for the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, defended the Justice Department’s zero tolerance immigration policy meant to prosecute as many people as possible for illegally crossing the border. Despite widespread criticism of the policy, Sessions lambasted the “radicalized” left and joked that those attacking the policy were hypocrites who would gladly separate families that infiltrated their “gated communities.”

  12. rikyrah says:

    Joe Jackson has passed.


    Gave us the most talented family in musical history.

    Whatever his faults, he gave that to THE WORLD.

    • Liza says:

      That’s Bill for you. Sucking up to “the other side”, the story of his life. The country elected a Democrat in 1992 and by 1994 he was a Republican. I wish he would go hide somewhere.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Got to have a quick chat with @Ocasio2018 before she headed to the border last weekend, and asked her about this civility business: “I find it very interesting that we have now interpreted holding people accountable as negative.”— Bridget Read (@bridgetgillard) June 25, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    About the young lady who beat Crowley:. I see some folks ‘ fretting’ about what her victory means. How can we have someone so ‘young’.


    Ted Kennedy died in 2009. She used to work for him. That means, before she was 20 years old, she was bright enough, and focused enough, to get a job in a Senator’s office from a state that she didn’t live in. She was an active young person.
    She didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

    From her wikipedia page (which didn’t exist until last night, I think)

    Ocasio-Cortez was born in The Bronx, New York City and moved to Yorktown, New York, at a young age. As a high school student, she won second prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, with a microbiology research project. As a result, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory named a large asteroid after her, 23238 Ocasio-Cortez.[5]

  15. rikyrah says:

    Cue my non-existent violin.

    The GOP’s efforts to scale back food stamps could have a drastic effect on the white working-class voters who voted for Trump.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 27, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:

    I think that Mosby supporters THOUGHT that they knew what she has been up against. But, the police corruption trial over the past months has shown the depth of her fight.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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